Mother's Advice Books: Printed Writings 1500-1640: Series I Part Two / Edition 2

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Overview

Early modern works of advice can be typified by a number of texts by Erasmus falling into a variety of categories: advice on family conduct; manners; study plans and piety. A close relation to these works of advice was the parental advice book, usually written by a father to his son. It was not until the early 17th century that the mother's advice book evolved and even then these were often legitimated by the female authors claiming that sickness, or even impending death, made relaying their motherly advice by a means other than print impossible. The contents of the present volume, ordered chronologically by the date of the first edition of each advice book, are limited to works attributed to named mothers, even though information about these historical women is not always abundant.Miscellanea was the attempt of Elizabeth Grymeston to distill advice to her only surviving son, Bernye, at a time when her own health was failing. It is considered to be her most outstanding work. It was first published in 1604. The text reproduced here is the 1608 edition which was the first to include the additional substantive Prayers. Even though listings indicate there were 19 editions of The Mother's Blessing before 1640 very little is known of Dorothy Leigh. The first edition (1616), reproduced here, describes her as a gentle-woman, not long deceased and her dedicatory epistle to her three sons identifies her as a widow.

Elizabeth Clinton wrote her advice book when she had become countess-dowager. It was dedicated to her daughter-in-law and addresses an area where she had apparently been deficient - the imperative directed at early modern women by domestic conduct books that mothers should nurse their own children. The edition reproduced here is the Britih Library copy.

Elizabeth Brook Joceline composed her Legacy whilst awaiting the birth of her first child, having become convinced that she would die in childbirth. She died in 1622, nine days after the birth of a daughter. Possibly the most poignant of the mother's advice books, this was intended to stand in for her instructions to the child. This work was enormously popular and was reprinted seven times and translated into a number of other languages. Reproduced here is the Folger Library copy (1624).

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Editorial Reviews

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Volume eight is one of a growing number of Ashgate additions to the Early Modern Englishwoman project published in three series (1500- 1640, 1641-1700, 1701-1750). Word has it that there is at least one other volume of mother's advice books forthcoming. This volume contains works by Elizabeth Grymeston, Dorothy Leigh, Elizabeth Clinton, and Elizabeth Jocelin. Mother's advice, given in public (including published print), was frowned upon at this time so that female authors often wrote they were sick, even fatally, and that soon advice could not be imparted at all. Grymeston shows her erudition by plucking poems and advice from notable Catholics, and Leigh calls for the need to pray, discuss religion, choose mates wisely and children's names judiciously. Clinton makes the case for nursing rather than wet-nursing, and Jocelin counsels her unborn child<-->if a boy to become a minister, if a girl that she exercise caution if educated. Following the brief introduction, all pages feature texts in facsimile. No index or bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840142211
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/1/2001
  • Series: Early Modern Englishwoman Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 652
  • Product dimensions: 7.64 (w) x 9.88 (h) x 2.17 (d)

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